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Now THIS is what I call PACKING!
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Post# 100535   6/11/2010 at 17:57 (3,647 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The other day I was looking at eBay listings. I came across something that caused me to let out a very loud WOOWWWW!!!

Arlee came in to see what I was yelling about. When I showed him the listing, to my absolute amazement he said, "Why don't you put a bid on it." I replied that I really didn't have the money but he said, "Go ahead and bid -- I'll get it for you if it doesn't go over $30.00."

Well, given what it was, and its condition, I was a bit doubtful that I would win it. But I kept my eye on the auction and did place a bid on it, and I won it for $20.50! And best of all the seller wasn't gouging on shipping -- $12.00 for parcel post!

I emailed the seller, as usual, and asked him to please pack it carefully as I always do. He replied that he would pack it with care.

Just three days later the mail carrier brought a large box to the door.

I was puzzled as I wasn't expecting anything other than the auction I had won the other day, and didn't think it would be here so soon.

I brought it in and began to unpack it. Oh my, what a beautiful packing job the seller did! He hand-cut to size a large box. He lined the interior on the top and bottom with custom-cut panels of dense foam board.

He padded the sides with thin sheets of wood with foam spacers between the wood and the inside walls of the box.

So, you ask, what is this treasure? Well, let's look and see!

It's just an empty box! An empty box? What the heck?

Well, it's not just ANY empty box...

It's a turquoise Electrolux Model G box in gorgeous condition!

(Note that it came from "Oshkosh b'gosh"!)

I haven't seen an original Model G box in many, many years. When I saw this one on the eBay listing, it brought forth a rush of memories from when my dear Aunt Dabney (R.I.P.) traded in her screaming old Kirby on a new Electrolux. She kept the Model G in the same closet by the front door where she used to keep her Kirby. She stored the motor unit, hose and attachments in the original box with the power nozzle leaning against the wall beside it.

I only remember seeing her use it one time. We had moved pretty far away by then so we only came to see her a few times a year. But once when we went over there she was still doing her housework when we got there. Her Electrolux was in the living room by the sofa with the dusting brush on the hose end and the hose draped across the sofa.

As she continued cleaning the living room, she was talking to Mama about a new painting she had gotten and she said, "With my new sweeper, I can just run the dusting brush over it to keep it clean." And then, to my great joy, she proceeded to do so!

She said to Mama as she ran the dusting brush across the painting, "Don't you just love how quiet it is! I am so glad to have finally gotten rid of that noisy old Kirby." And Mama said, "Yes, but now you don't have anything to put on the front porch to keep 'you-know-who' out of your hair!" (Thanks)

I was surprised that the seller had sent it Priority Mail since I had only paid for Parcel Post. When I looked at the postage sticker I saw that I had underpaid the postage by nearly $10.00. I emailed the seller with great and happy thanks for his incredibly scrupulous packing job and mentioned the postage shortfall, saying I'd send the difference via PayPal.

He wrote back and said he was just glad that the box went to an appreciative home and not to worry about the extra postage.

Now how's that for a four-star eBay seller!!

I can't tell you how happy I am to have this box, to add to my collection of original Electrolux boxes!

And, speaking of which, here are some photos of some of my other Lux boxes:

Post# 100536 , Reply# 1   6/11/2010 at 18:05 (3,647 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I have that same turquoise Automatic G that came with one of mine! Your's is in about 100 times better condition than mine though;), nice find!

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